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Highland Heights Thanks Retiring Police Lieutenant

At Tuesday night’s Highland Heights City Council Meeting, it was proclaimed by Mayor Greg Meyers that August 2 will now be known as "David Fornash Day".

The city council, along with fellow officers, family and friends, recognized retiring Police Lt. David Fornash, praising him for serving Highland Heights with integrity for 20 years.

“Thank you for your sacrifice,” Lt. Amber Conrad said to Fornash, pointing out to his family, who looked on from the crowded city chambers, as she gave comment on his service to the city. “Over 20 years of letting us have this man work with us. We really appreciate it.“

Meyers presented Fornash with a piece of legislation in his honor, noting that Fornash has served the law-enforcement profession with honor and distinction.

After a short career serving on the Life Squad, Fornash began his law-enforcement career in 1996, serving his entire career in Highland Heights.

“We’d be here all night long,” Conrad continued, “if I were to read off every award he’s won.”

Promoted to detective in 2007 and then to sergeant a year later, Fornash initiated the creation of the county-wide Crime Scene Unit.

“We had not had that before in this county,” Conrad said.

Conrad went on to say that Fornash received two DUI Governor's Awards, captured several career burglars, has been a valued member of the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force and was tagged to attend the National Forensic Academy in Nashville, TN.

Giving a final farewell to Fornash, Mayor Meyers invited his family, friends and former colleagues to stay for a small reception following the council meeting.

“Take as long as you want, Dave,” Meyers said. “It's your night!”

Also announced at the meeting, Highland Heights streets could get new asphalt with significant savings to the city.

City engineer David Whitacre informed the council about a new type of asphalt with cutting edge technology which has a longer life. Whitacre also reported the coming installation of LED lights on the city building’s campus. With a cost of around $8,600, the savings to the city, with the installation, is estimated to be $3,000 per year.

Written by K.A. Simpson, RCN contributor